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A Blast From The Past

Label: Openian
Released: 2018
Track listing: Apparition; Shadows Of Shadows; Brasilian Beauty; On The Wing; Chain Reaction; Desert Haze; Journey With The Blues.

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Bob Downes Open Music: A Blast From The Past

Read "A Blast From The Past" reviewed by Roger Farbey

The only (slight) problem with this album is its rather whimsical title which considerably undersells its significance. In his long career, Bob Downes has made some substantial contributions to jazz and improvised music, and this album is an important addition to his discography. Comprised of previously-unreleased archival pieces dating back to the 1970s, Downes can be ...

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Bob Downes Open Music: Let Your Mind...Space Out

Read "Let Your Mind...Space Out" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Any CD release by Bob Downes is a significant event but the psych-entitled Let Your Mind...Space Out is important because it also celebrates the 80th birthday of this virtuoso jazz multi-instrumentalist. It's hard to credit that Downes, like his contemporaries Mike Westbrook and Mike Gibbs has now achieved octogenarian status, given that his early oeuvre was ...

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Bob Downes Open Music: It's A Mystery

Read "It's A Mystery" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Pursuing his self-styled Open Music route, multi-instrumentalist Bob Downes treads a very thin and courageous line between written jazz and total improvisation. Of his many recordings, some funky jazz rock, others wholly extemporized, there are several which involve organised pieces evolving into often lengthy improvisations. It's A Mystery (not to be confused with the pop song ...

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Bob Downes Open Music: Blowin' With Bass

Read "Blowin' With Bass" reviewed by Claudio Bonomi

Bob Downes, compositore e polistrumentista britannico, estrae dal proprio magic box un'altra chicca che farà fellce gli appassionati di jazz, o meglio, di British Jazz. Il movimento che, a partire della fine degli anni Sessanta, produsse un pimpante manipolo di musicisti-pionieri che ancora oggi calcano le scene internazionali come Evan Parker, John Surman, Keith Tippett, John ...

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Bob Downes Open Music: New York Suite

Read "New York Suite" reviewed by Roger Farbey

British flautist/saxophonist Bob Downes recorded some compelling albums in the early '70s and then, coinciding with his permanent relocation to Germany at the end of the decade, disappeared from the UK jazz scene. The music didn't stop with his migration though, as he subsequently produced several solo flute albums for his own label, Openian.

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Bob Downes Open Music: 5 Trios

Read "5 Trios" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Forse pochi ricordano Bob Downes, il virtuoso del flauto, polistrumentista e compositore. Fece parlare di sè nella prima metà degli anni Settanta per le sue pirotecniche incursioni, sotto il nome di Bob Downes Open Music, nei generi più disparati, incrociando le sue ance con la musica d'avanguardia e l'elettronica, anticipando movimenti che negli anni successivi si ...

Crossing Borders

Label: Reel Recordings
Released: 2009
Track listing: Jungle Chase; South American Indian; Sad Senorita; Che Guevera; Basking In The Sun.


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